Gordon Ramsay says he is seeing more female chefs in professional kitchens, particularly in higher positions, and he encourages women to take on such roles. "Role models such as Angela Hartnett and Clare Smyth are inspiring the next generation of young female chefs to believe that there are no barriers any more, and that if they have the talent and discipline, they too can reach the top," Ramsay said. Female chefs in London weigh in on Ramsay's view.
Chefs who have become international household names -- think Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver -- are famous for more than their recipes. Most of them have empires consisting of cookbooks, restaurants and companies that sell their food-product lines.
Making tarts is easier if all ingredients are kept cold. Minimize time working with the dough and make sure to keep it in the refrigerator for 30-minute intervals. This gives the gluten time to relax and prevents the butter from melting.
Sara Roahen's "Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table" offers firsthand accounts of New Orleans' most famous foods -- red gravy, po' boys and turducken. Instead of providing recipes, the book tells detailed stories of Roahen's meals and provides extensive information about the restaurants.
Garlic butter is one trick to making a stunning garlic bread. Any herbs mixed with butter will do, but fresh garlic, salted butter, parsley, lemon juice and pepper is perfect for a garlic bread spread that can be refrigerated or frozen.